Monday, October 5, 2015

The Danger in Dangling

And this news just in from

While Shooting This Video, A Homeless Dog Comes On Set And Literally Adopts The Singer!

A clear case of the "dangling" modifier.

A modifier dangles when it isn't pinned to the noun it's supposed to describe.

When Groucho dangles a modifier, audiences laugh ("I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know.").

When an unwitting writer does it, audiences scratch their heads:
  • Before rebooting the computer, the power should be turned off.
  • The employees were told they had been fired by HR.
  • By inserting keywords into the text, statistics show that SEO improves.
  • Though only 14 years old, the company made Han a developer.
  • Having driven 20 years without an accident, the CEO welcomed Ruth onto the stage to receive the award.
Beware of those doggone dangling modifiers!
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